You pay a studio fee of £3, purchase your pot (£7.50 mug - £45 giant platter) and take it away to one of the sturdy wooden tables to colour it in. Your work is then fired for you and can be collected a week after your visit. You can use the bottles of paints set out on the tables, or the staff can help you with more unusual techniques such as crystal-glazing and scratching patterns through layers of paint.
There's an enormous range of beautifully clean brushes, stamps and sponges, lots of examples and even books lying around should you need inspiration, and a nice lady to help if you get stuck. It's like all the good bits of playschool only you can take as long as you like and you're allowed caffeine.
You don't have to paint pots: you can go in just for a muffin or some G & D's ice cream, but pottery-painting seems to me a superb solution to tense social situations like dates and children's parties. There's something for everyone in the range of pots - want to paint an olive dish? A life-size cat? A cup, hippo, teapot, or minature armoured tank?
It's very wheelchair friendly: lots of space, wide doors and a disabled toilet with a great sink covered in pictures of fish.
Coffee costs £1 / £1.50 depending on how fancy it is; tea £1, ice cream £1.90, milkshakes £1.20 and juices 90p.